As a leader, sometimes leading is a ministry. You pour into others even though they may not be capable of pouring into you. You may not always find community—strong, reciprocal relationships—in your group. If you don’t already have it, how do you find the community you need so you can keep growing and leading? While there’s no magical solution, there are two key ingredients that comprise life-giving, life-sustaining community: depth of relationship and frequency of interaction.
Depth of Relationship
You have a deep relationship with a person . . .
- Who brings out the best in you
- Who is in your corner
- Who is there for you
Frequency of Interaction
- Your paths cross regularly and naturally.
- You interactions are face-to-face.
- You would like to know the person well.
The first step to finding real community is to identify those people with whom you have either depth of relationship or frequency of interaction. The next step is to figure out how and with whom you can begin to experience both. We'll talk more about how to do that in future posts.